SEAMUS Hickey returned to the Limerick hurling colours on Sunday evening evening in a challenge match win over Offaly in Pallasgreen.
The versatile Murroe-Boher man missed all the Allianz League campaign due to studies abroad but returned from the US 10-days ago and immediately linked up with John Allenâ€™s panel.
He played in a training game against the Limerick U-21s last week and this Sunday night he played centre back as Limerick played Offaly in a challenge game to commemorate the Pallasgreenâ€™s 125th anniversary.
Limerick were 0-25 to 0-20 victors in the game.
Limerick selected a largely second string side, but noteworthy was the selection of Brian Geary at full back.
â€œIt was chance for panellists who hadnâ€™t figured in the league like Thomas Ryan and Shane Oâ€™Neill to push their claims,â€ explained John Allen.
Despite sharing 45 scores under trying conditions, neither side threatened a goal and seemed content to pick scores from distance.
When Limerick got on top in the middle after the quarter mark, Shane Dowling frees put them four points ahead but Shane Dooley and Joe Bergin led the visitors to trim it back to 0-10 to 0-8 at the break.
Offaly took their time to readjust to four half-time changes, giving Limerick a chance to quickly extend their lead on the back off Dowlingâ€™s frees and they held out despite Cathal Parlon scoring four times from play in the closing minutes.
SCORERS - Limerick: S Dowling 0-10 (8f), T Oâ€™Brien 0-4, S Oâ€™Brien 0-2, C Allis 0-2, M Ryan 0-2, N Maher 0-2, G Mulcahy 0-1, S Hickey 0-1, G Oâ€™Mahony 0-1; Offaly: S Dooley 0-5 (3f, 1 â€˜65â€™), C Parlon 0-4, J Bergin 0-2, B Carroll 0-2, K Brady 0-2, B Murphy 0-1, B Harding 0-1, J Mulrooney 0-1, G Healion 0-1, C Egan 0-1.
LIMERICK - A Murphy; R McCarthy, B Geary, S Oâ€™Neill; T Ryan, S Hickey, P Oâ€™Brien; C Allis, T Oâ€™Brien; S Dowling, N Maher, Seanie Oâ€™Brien; S Tobin, K Downes, M Ryan. Subs: G Mulcahy for S Oâ€™Brien (23 mins), G Oâ€™Mahony for P Oâ€™Brien (49 mins), T Quaid for G Mulcahy (56 mins), J Ryan for C Allis (58 mins), W McNamara for S Tobin (70 mins).
OFFALY - J Dempsey; C McDonald, D Kenny, J Rigney; K Brady, J Brady, C Hernan; B Harding, B Carroll; B Murphy, C Mahon, C Parlon; S Dooley, J Bergin, J M ulrooney. Subs: P Cleary for J Brady (30 mins), D Franks for J Rigney (ht), C Egan for B Murphy (ht), G Healion for C Mahon (ht), D Mooney for J Bergin (ht), T Carroll for S Dooley (55 mins).
REFEREE - S Hourigan (Limerick).